Friday, May 23, 2008

Turning tables

Wow. This is a sign that things have changed:

I regard my PhD supervisor, as I've noted before, as a major Force of Good in my life. We have an excellent relationship, which is by now a friendship - I'm pleased to be one of the large network of friends she likes to get tipsy with at conferences and on Home City patios in the summer. But it is largely about me calling upon her as a mentor, of course - I've hoped and assumed that it would always be that way. I call upon her for advice, often. She is godlike in this regard.

So that is why, when I got an email from her two nights ago, requesting my advice about something, I was floored. Granted, this was because I know the person in question. But still - it was my advice she was seeking on a question of professional and quasi-diplomatic importance! How can this be? Wow - times have changed. I don't know what to think of that...I suppose I need to adjust myself to the fact that I have a real position in this little world...I think that adjustment will take years.


We are leaving Paris tomorrow morning - for Lyon, for three short days. I was lucky to finish with my research yesterday, so could take this day as a free one - I worked really hard this week in an effort to do that. We went for a run - as I have done almost every morning since I've been here (miracle of miracles - it is the world's biggest struggle to get me to go for runs first thing in the morning, at home), and ate pastries (food of angels) and I went to see Goya's etchings. Wow, people. Wow. That's all I can say about that. If any of you happen to be in Paris in the next few weeks, get thee to the Petit Palais to see them.


medieval woman said...

Yup - that means you're officially a "colleague"! Weird, huh?

And please tell me you didn't run up and down the steps of Monmartre - I have a heartattack just thinking of that...


squadratomagico said...

Sounds like your trip has been wonderful thus far! But:

The cheese! Ohhh, the cheese!

Ou est le blogging du fromage, Hilaire?

Hilaire said...

MW - Don't worry, we didn't run up the steps...but there was lots of hillage, which was actually great!

Squ. - I know, no cheese has been characterizing the blog of late. I've been more about the pastries. I have had cheese, but nothing overwhelming...It's unlike me, I know. What the heck is the matter with me??

Anonymous said...

wow, that is such a cool turn of the tables!

Psych Post Doc said...

Very cool!

One of my advisors wrote to ask my advice about which journal to submit their manuscript. It was surprising but such a compliment.